Environment: Death in The Mediterranean

Pollution aggravates a plague among Europe's dolphins

The first hint that something was wrong came in August, when dead dolphins -- victims of pneumonia and liver damage -- began washing up on Mediterranean beaches near Valencia, Spain. But until the past few weeks, no one had | realized the extent of the disaster. When scientists from European countries began comparing notes, it suddenly became clear that some sort of epidemic was raging through the striped dolphin population of the western Mediterranean Sea. In France, where dead dolphins usually wash ashore at a rate of about 50 a year, 50 were discovered in a two-week period, and the toll...

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